Performance nerves affect all musicians at some time or another. For some people they can be a minor annoyance, which can be felt as nothing more than a few little butterflies in their stomach. For others, however, they can be crippling! The adrenalin can be so strong that it triggers a ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction in the body. This can result in performers physically shaking, being sick, and otherwise feeling unable to perform. This adrenalin needs to be channeled to our advantage. Used correctly it can give a performance a real edge, a sense of excitement, and a feeling of raw emotion. Here are my top 10 tips for overcoming performance nerves: Continue reading “10 Tips for Beating Performance Nerves”
Grade 2 theory is a fair bit trickier than Grade 1, and will require some careful studying. Eric Taylor’s Music Theory in Practise is the best book for practice material, also using his AB Guide to Music Theory to help if you have any issues. Lina Ng’s Theory Made Easy is also great if you want to practise more exercises. Try working through the chapters in the following order, using these notes to help you to remember the essential points. When you have completed all the exercises in the book, try some grade 2 theory practise papers.
ABRSM have a new piano syllabus! It is refreshing to have some lovely new teaching materials, and the new books are filled with great pieces for young players. Each of the pieces requires a different skill set from your students, and I have explored the characteristics of each piece here. There are pointers with regards to context, techniques to focus on, how to get those extra marks, and suggestions for further listening. Continue reading “Teaching Methods: ABRSM Piano 2017-2018 – Grade 1”
Originally posted 2016-12-09 15:20:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Grade 4 theory introduces quite a few new ideas, taking the paper from a beginner to intermediate level. Eric Taylor’s Music Theory in Practise is the best book for practice material, using his AB Guide to Music Theory to help if you have any issues. Try working through the chapters in the following order, using these notes to help you to remember the essential points. When you have completed all the exercises in the book, try some grade 4 theory practise papers. Continue reading “Grade 4 Theory – Essential Notes”
We have some exciting news at Elegie School of Music! As of January 2017, we will be trialling a new online system of piano and theory teaching. It will be most suitable for secondary age and adult students, with an ability level of Grade 4 and above. Continue reading “Online Piano & Theory Lessons – Revolutionising Music Lessons”
Originally posted 2016-12-19 20:31:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter